Books to Read this Summer Based on Your Most Recent Binge-Watch

Books to Read this Summer Based on Your Most Recent Binge-Watch

Have you been escaping the heat this summer by streaming addictive TV shows from the comfort of your couch? Us too! Here, we’re sharing six of the shows that we’ve binge-watched this summer and recommending which books to read after you’ve finished the last episode.

If you’ve binge-watched Stranger Things this summer…

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson

Want more 80s nostalgia, awkward pre-teen moments, and kids saving the world? The Paper Girls graphic novel series is the perfect thing to pick up next. . On the morning after Halloween in 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls get roped into a war spanning space and time. Filled with jaw-dropping moments, heartwarming friendship, and vivid art, Paper Girls is the perfect way to fill your Stranger Things void.

If you’ve binge-watched Veronica Mars this summer…

The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

Veronica Mars and Claire DeWitt would totally sit down at a bar with beers to boast about all of their best cases. This third installment in the Claire DeWitt Mysteries series delves into Claire’s past, which fans of the original seasons of Veronica Mars will enjoy, while also showing the impact that solving these cases has had now that she’s an adult. Veronica and Claire have a lot in common, including the fact that both are still haunted by the loss of their best friends. If you’re still reeling from that Veronica Mars season four ending, dive into the world of Claire DeWitt in The Infinite Blacktop.

If you’ve binge-watched The Boys this summer…

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Looking for more stories that explore superheroes’ dark sides? V.E. Schwab’s Vicious follows Victor and Eli, two pre-med students who experimented and ended up giving themselves superpowers.  But after some betrayals, Victor ends up in prison. When the novel begins, Victor is breaking out of prison and Eli is hell-bent on hunting down anyone else with extraordinary abilities.  The Boys is all about the darker side of the fame and unlimited power enjoyed by superheroes. These two series reflect how power can corrupt and readers will enjoy both of these dark takes on superheroes.

If you’ve binge-watched Queer Eye this summer…

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

In the mood for some more heartwarming queer content? Then Jen Wang’s sweet graphic novel about a cross-dressing prince and the seamstress who makes all of his gowns will fill the void until season five of Queer Eye comes out. Both The Prince and the Dressmaker and Queer Eye emphasize the message of being true to oneself. We can totally see Jonathan Van Ness saying “YASSS” and snapping if he read this graphic novel.

If you’ve binge-watched The Handmaid’s Tale this summer…

Vox by Christina Dalcher

If you’ve just watched the latest season of The Handmaid’s Tale and have yet to read the book the show is based on, we recommend you start there. However, the show has far surpassed where the book ends and we won’t have Margaret Atwood’s sequel The Testaments until next month. Christina Dalcher’s Vox is a dystopian novel that explores many of the same themes. It’s set in a future where women and girls are silenced and limited to speaking only 100 words per day.  Vox isn’t exactly a light summer read, but if you’ve been binge watching The Handmaid’s Tale, we think it’ll be right up your alley.

If you’ve binge-watched Big Little Lies this summer…

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Let’s face it: You love the juicy drama of Big Little Lies and the intrigue of the murder that launches the show. If you’re looking for another twisty thriller and have already read the show’s source material, we know you’re going to be addicted to The Wife Between Us. This story follows Vanessa, who becomes fixated on her ex-husband’s new and much younger fiancée. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen explore the complexities of marriage and lies we tell ourselves (and others) in a way that fans of Big Little Lies will not be able to resist. Check out an excerpt of the book here!


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